Patricia Keogh Alexander


by granddaughter Candace

Patricia Keogh Alexander was born September 12, 1936 in Tanana, Alaska. She is the daughter of Edward Keogh of Nulato and Margaret Henry Keogh of Nenana. She has one true brother, Eugene Fields.

Patsy was married to Clifford Alexander Jr.; together they had three children: Gregory Alexander, Jeannene Alexander, and Clifford Alexander III, all of Minto.

Patsy speaks the Tanana Athabascan dialect. She attended Old Minto School for the first twelve years of her life, then attended Minnie Field Orphanage from 1948-1959. The last place that she attended school was at Mt. Edgecumbe. She was only able to attend school for half a day everyday for a whole year because she was sick. She never did get to graduate.

Patsy has a long employment history. Her first job was working as a dish washer at Motta Cafe in Fairbanks. She then moved to Arctic Cafe and worked as a cook and waitress, she says that she practically ran the place. After working in the cafe she started working in a clothing factory in Illinois. After living there for a while she moved to Anchorage and started working in a furniture factory. She then worked in a monogram shop doing sewing. In 1976 she moved to Minto and started work at Minto School in the kitchen. In 1982 she started working for the Minto Senior Services, after many years there she resigned.

Now, she enjoys staying home and taking care of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She has a lot of hobbies and interests. She loves camping, fishing, sewing, and crocheting. But, as one of her granddaughters I know that she would never pass up going camping or else going to fish camp.

This page done by Leslie Alexander-class of 2003-Minto High School

The biography courtesy of the Denakkanaaga Elder-Youth Conference June 5-9, 2000